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The First Formal Ted Cruz Senate Speech: Defund Obamacare

Courtney Collins

  Freshman Texan Ted Cruz made his first formal speech from the floor of the U.S. Senate today, offering an amendment to defund the Affordable Care Act, a.k.a. Obamacare. (He did speak last week during Sen. Rand Paul's marathon filibuster protesting U.S. drone policy, but did not offer legislation for discussion.)

The Senate began debate on the proposal to pull funding for the health care law this afternoon, but the solid Democratic majority ensures that Cruz's amendment has almost no chance of passing.


Former KERA reporter BJ Austin spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism, anchoring and reporting in Atlanta, New York, New Orleans and Dallas. Along the way, she covered Atlanta City Hall, the Georgia Legislature and the corruption trials of Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards.